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AUGUST 2020: DIGITAL EDITION

Welcome inside the interactive, digital version of PROSPER Magazine!

As the region's longest-running business publication, PROSPER brings you news, views, insights and information from the Black Country and beyond and is read by key business leaders.

During 2020, we will be releasing a special digital edition every month to ensure readers are provided with the very latest news, information and insights.

In this edition, we'll be looking at how the region is investing in people to ensure the future of the Black Country.

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CONTENTS | INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

EDITOR'S WORD

Editor, Sarah Thompson introduces you to this latest edition of PROSPER Magazine.

REGIONAL REVIEW

Black Country Chamber's Chief Executive, Corin Crane shares his monthly regional review.

BUSINESS IS DONE BETTER TOGETHER

Hear from the Black Country Chamber President Jude Thompson and learn how the Chamber is supporting local business.

DEVELOPING OUR PEOPLE: FEATURE SUPPLEMENT

Discover how the region is investing in people to ensure the future of the Black Country.

BLACK COUNTRY BUSINESS HEROES

We celebrate a few of the businesses and organisations who have gone the extra mile to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

NEWS IN BRIEF

All the latest news, information and insights from the Black Country business community.

BLACK COUNTRY INTERNATIONAL

A collection of articles focusing on International Trade.

FURLOUGH FRAUD

Reports show that two-thirds of uk’s furloughed workers continued their jobs in COVID-19 lockdown.

THE CORNBOW KEEPS ITS SHOPPERS SAFE

The Cornbow in Halesowen was one of the first shopping centres to set an example of how to implement social distancing measures.

THE STRUGGLE WITH HOME WORKING SOLITUDE

Technology company, Equiem report want to retain flexible working, but struggle with sub-optimal working environments and a lack of interaction.

THE JOBS THAT NOW GET OVER 1K APPLICANTS

CV-Library has uncovered the jobs that received more than 1,000 applications each on its site last month.

BUSINESS SUCCESS CAN RELY ON REPUTATION

Ross Prince from Crowe calls attention to reputation and how businesses will be judged on the way they operated in the lockdown for some time to come

EMPLOYMENT OVER THE DECADES

Prosper took a look at employment over the decades with the help of economist, Dr Steven McCabe.

WORDS FROM THE MAYOR: ANDY STREET

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street gives us his regular insight into the issues affecting the Black Country region.

BUSINESS VOICES

In this edition, we look at the issues of Restructure and Redundancy with Chris Amys and Helena Morrissey.

LEGAL ROUND-ROBIN

Amy Brokenshire explains why employers must not forget their obligations to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK.

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